Global travel industry says ‘business as usual’ despite Trump election win

LONDON — The global travel industry is welcoming the political uncertainty in the United States, claiming no dip in demand since President Donald Trump’s election victory.

The results come from a survey conducted by the World Travel & Tourism Council. The report said the number of travelers from the U.S. rose 2 percent, with more than half of those surveyed saying they had plans to travel to the country.

Wintry weather and political protests in Europe — including opposition to Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement — didn’t deter travelers from visiting the region as it continues to fare better than many.

The number of travel and tourism jobs in Europe has increased by 5.5 percent year-on-year, compared with a 3.8 percent fall in the Americas.

Walt Doyle, chief executive of Euromonitor International, said Britain’s shift from the European Union and the tightening of borders and immigration following Brexit should not prevent people from traveling.

“The majority of people I talk to don’t care about the way countries are being run, they’ve got enough in their own lives,” Doyle said. “On one hand, it will be more difficult if you want to travel to a different country, but people will still do it.”

Most surveys about tourism have measured travelers from countries or regions in one direction. The WSTC survey — among 45,000 international travelers in 65 countries — was done to see how international travelers’ perspectives have shifted following Trump’s election.

More than 9 in 10 (91 percent) said they have visited the country, up 2 percentage points from 2015.

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